Individually, such items can offer a Miller scholar (or fan) a flash of insight about a particular moment, as with Miller's letter to Blanch Knopf (page 101) in which he assures her that he won't ever expurgate
his books because "They'll take me as I am, before I croak--I'm sure of it." Collectively, however, Miller's ephemera paint a broader picture of his growth as a writer, his socioeconomic status, and his philosophical outlook--just to name a few ways in which Ephemera helps round out one's understanding of Miller.
Working with the Acquisition Reform Working Group, FEI managed to expurgate
a harmful provision from the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act that would have significantly increased the compliance costs of government contractors.
To conclude and to respond to some of the issues raised in this volume, here are a few of my own aphorisms to digest: better to denounce parts of the Bible to serve God than seek to save the God of the Bible in a Pyrrhic victory; better to expurgate
the texts of terror than the Amalekites who are called to be exterminated; better to highlight the gap between God and humanity by identifying biblical passages ingrained by human frailty and sin than seek to justify these passages while sullying the image of God through humanity's frailty and sin; better, at least in many of the above cases, to listen to the atheist's questioning and doubting words than the pious, faithful platitudes of the theist.
While the Holy Inquisition primarily oversaw the Italian book market, the Congregation of the Index was supposed to regularly update the Index of Forbidden Books and expurgate
questionable books from the worldwide market; the theologian of the Papal Household (Magister Sacri Palatii) could censor whatever he regarded as dangerous.
In a very natural manner, was there any other reaction possible for a Native artist in the face of the (in)famous Act than to let himself be carried away by this atavistic reaction, this visceral hatred and to expurgate
it by putting holes in the victim with a gun?"
It was so popular that (unusually) four censors were hired to expurgate
"When bias and sensitivity reviewers know that they can no longer censor and expurgate
behind closed doors; when publishers must expect to sell their books to millions of individual teachers, not two or three powerful state school boards; when state school officials lose their power over the content of textbooks; when the public is informed about threats to intellectual freedom that is when the reign of the language police will end."
In addition, Cary adopted various compensations such as alliteration, with stylistic and ideological functions, and neoclassical periphrasis, especially to expurgate
the grotesque from the source text and bring it in line with the British notion of the sublime and with Cary's conception of the Commedia as a religious epic.